Change is hard. But, it can also be beautiful.
Recently, I conducted a poll asking which season is one’s favorite. The overwhelming winner was fall! There is just so much to love about it! The colorful leaves, the crisp, cool air, the combines harvesting in the fields, campfires, wiener roasts, apples, pumpkins, warm days and cool nights. Everything!
SEASONS OF OUR LIVES
The change in seasons is reminiscent of the various changes we go through in life as we venture from adolescence to adulthood. Within each stage, lies the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God, or deplete it. Our spring, yields new life, growth, youthfulness, and vigor, when we feel we can take on the world and accomplish anything. We have a God-given zest for life when we are young that often determines which path our lives will take.
Then there’s summer, when we face the harsh realities of life–the struggle to make ends meet–but also taste of its rich blessings. Meeting the love of our lives, starting and raising a family, making career choices, and putting down roots. Here we see either our faith thrive or shrivel as we seek to balance the cares of living.
Summer soon turns to fall, with thoughts of the empty nest and adjusting to life without children in the household, the joy of grandchildren, and saving for retirement. It’s in this stage, we begin to taste the urgency of life and living each day to the fullest for Christ.
Lastly, comes the winter of our lives, when things that once seemed oh, so important have faded, and the true treasures of life come to surface. When we let go of self-consciousness, pride, and ambition, and replace it with either joy or bitterness.
LIFE IS FLEETING
As I enter my fall season of life, I have to ask myself, what have I accomplished? And what have I yet to accomplish? Time is precious, and we must make the most of it. Life flitters by so fast. This past year as I faced a cancer diagnosis and treatment, my eyes were opened to just how fragile life is.
So often we get caught up in the bustle and forget what really matters. Whatever our aspirations in life, remember–only what’s done for Christ will last.
Whichever stage of life you’re in, I urge you to live intentionally, making the most of every opportunity for Christ.
What do you hold most dear as you journey through life?
Which stage has been the most challenging?
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